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    Leadership and Dissidence

    Leadership and Dissidence / Rebeca Monzo

    Rebeca Monzo, 6 January 2017 — The leadership and the dissidence seem
    more and more the same to me. Is it coincidence or lack of experience?

    At this very moment, if suddenly there were free elections on my planet
    Cuba, supervised by the United Nations or other countries, I would not
    know who to vote for.

    Lately, what I see and hear most among the dissidents is about travels
    abroad and buying things cheaply and so-and-so “stayed.” I don’t hear
    much talk about organizing and meeting to raise awareness among
    neighbors and friends, with the goal of winning supporters.

    The Cuban people, in general, don’t know any of the leaders from the
    many existing groups. Not even their neighbors know who they really are
    and what they do, unless State Security visits them to alert them
    against the dissidents and presents a false picture of them. Of course,
    the government takes full advantage of the lack of internet that it has
    intentionally imposed on us.

    Increasingly, sadly, the dissidence is more divided. Everyone aspires to
    be the “head of the mouse” but they are not resigned to being the “tale
    of the lion.” The heads of the groups are those who receive economic
    support from abroad and distribute it how they wish, along with the
    courses and trips to different events in distant countries, the content
    of which is shared with no one.

    This, without counting those who have a police file on their
    “dangerousness” and then, at the first opportunity, leave the country
    for good. Apparently, without realizing it, they are giving the
    government what it wants.

    How is it possible to change the destinies of a country if the
    opposition groups within the island are distancing themselves from each
    other and, therefore, it is so difficult to effectively dedicate
    themselves to spreading democratic ideas among the people?

    It is time to reconsider and smooth things over and try to become
    united, ignoring differences, then denounce the most acute problems
    suffered by the Cuban people, and try to find solutions to them.

    Being divided pleases the government, whose policy from the beginning
    has been precisely that: divide and conquer.

    Translated by Jim

    Source: Leadership and Dissidence / Rebeca Monzo – Translating Cuba –

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